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Global Cyber Security Conference 2013

30 JANUARY 2013

At the Residence Palace in Brussels on 30th of January, the European Security Round Table (ESRT) held, in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Defence, the Global Cyber Security Conference. The event was organised in collaboration with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and sponsored by Microsoft and Symantec.

The day’s discourse was facilitated by unique keynote addresses from, Estonian Minister of Defence Urmas Reinsalu who promoted cooperation between EU and NATO in the field of cyber defence. Later, the Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes, gave an insight into the key issues that will be addressed in the European Cyber Security Strategy saying that it will propose a “comprehensive approach plus cooperation between the countries of the EU and between public and private sectors". During further keynotes, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Maciej Popowski and Craig Mundie from Microsoft provided a foreign policy oriented view as well as a private sector perspective.

The successful outcome of the conference was furthered by the fruitful contribution of around 230 major stakeholders of the cyber space community, from over 40 countries including the US, Japan and South Korea. During the panel sessions, the participants, representing EU institutions, international organizations, research organizations and the private sector further discussed different perceptions of cyber security worldwide and measures on how to build trust among governments and institutions. In smaller policy sessions, specific topics were addressed such as global governance Models for Cloud Security, the relationship between cyber-crimes and society, capacity building and the question of how far cyber security issues should be regulated or left to market solutions.

On the following day, key experts from EU and member state CERTs, NATO and the private sector met and discussed how crisis management mechanisms for cyber security incidents could be improved among EU institutions, NATO and the private sector.

The Global Cyber Security Conference is the third major event that the ESRT organises as part of its Cyber Security Cycle. The ESRT is committed to actively organise cyber-related activities in the future.

Neelie Kroes' Speech

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